KOTA KINABALU – A total of 41 physically challenged trainees received their certificate in Basic Pastry Skills ( Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran Pastry Production Skills Level 2) under Economic Empowerment Program.
The event held at Likas Square Apartment Hotel today was organised by Asian Tourism International (ATI) College in collaboration with Sabah Cheshire Home (SCH).
Students were taught in theoretical and practical classes for six months and later attended industrial internship for three months.
The chief executive of ATI, Datuk Seri Panglima Wong Khen Thau said that the collaboration with SCH had produced 85 graduates in baking and pastry for the last four years.
Fifteen organisations had contributed to help the programme mainly Le Meridien KK, Mr. Bread Damai, Promenade Hotel Tawau, 15 Minutes Bakery, Borneo Cove Hotel Sandakan, Novelty Bakery Sandakan, Ming Meinga Bakery Sandakan, Alif Bakery Kolombong, JC Burger Likas, Seri Mengasih Centre Tanjung Aru, Bakery BTC Sdn. Bhd., Khalifah Bakery Tuaran and R&R Cake House in Sepanggar.
The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) contributered the most to this programme having sponsored the whole course programme.
According to the Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Datuk Seri Panglima Ahmad Ayid, although, PEMANDU would be focusing to sponsor “Food and Beverage” (F&B) course in 2015, SCH and ATI would continue the BPS course programme.
“F & B is a new programme for the physically challenged. Another new course on the planning level is Housekeeping course for autism people. We thank the NGOs and private sector for always lending a hand to the needy,” Jainab said.
Jainab emphasised that government would always provide support to NGO organization and private sector like SCH and ATI in order to assure the life of physically challenge society. She also said that government could not help physically challenged people if they were not registered under Sabah Social Welfare Department.
“Up to 2014, there are 32 250 physically challenge people registered and this number has seen an increase as opposed to the previous year which was only 25 830. This is totally a good result and for those who haven’t registered yet, please do immediately,” she added.
President of SCH, Datuk Rowland Chin Kok Fah said that PEMANDU would be sponsoring another 15 trainees under the F&B course this year. He hoped related agencies would sponsor BPS course programme.- By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah.